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Midcontinent expands optical network footprint with Infinera

November 17, 2011 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Midcontinent Communications has extended its DTN platform for its latest backbone network expansion, connecting the systems in Minnesota that Midcontinent picked up with its acquisition of US Cable.

Wal-Mart ready to settle Netflix case for $27.5M

November 17, 2011 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 25 million current and former Netflix subscribers are being offered a sliver of a $27.5 million payment to settle allegations that the video subscription service and Wal-Mart illegally conspired to inflate prices to rent and buy DVDs.

Alpha expands its Power Services offering

November 17, 2011 1:42 pm | by Traci Patterson | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Alpha Technologies is announcing a significant expansion of its Power Services offering, including the installation, construction and preventative maintenance of critical network power equipment.

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Harmonic server gets SSD; company rehires Aden

November 17, 2011 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Harmonic updated its mid-range multichannel media server with solid-state drive (SSD) storage. Separately, the company rehired Matthew Aden to head up sales to MSOs in North America.

Incognito, Applied Broadband ally on IP device management

November 17, 2011 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Incognito Software and Applied Broadband said they are partnering on a subscriber consumption management solution for cable operators, which are struggling with the issue of provisioning the growing number of IP devices being used by consumers.

Skype adds Facebook video chatting to software

November 17, 2011 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Internet phone service Skype is letting users of its computer-based software make video calls to their Facebook friends and receive them, too.

CED’s 2011 Pacesetter Awards

November 16, 2011 8:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The 2011 class of Pacesetter Award recipients represent innovators in a number of endeavors crucial to the competitive viability of cable operators around the world, including business services, optical networking and multi-screen delivery.

Cox to shut down wireless service

November 16, 2011 4:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Late last night, Cox Communications announced that effective today, it will no longer sell its 3G wireless service, although it will continue to provide the service to its customers until March 30.

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@ Cable-Tec Expo: IP video transition – how to get there from here

November 16, 2011 4:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While there may not be a clear theme emerging from this week's Cable-Tec Expo, it was standing room only at the IP Video Transition technical workshop.

Verizon LTE to light up in 14 cities, expand in 4

November 16, 2011 4:42 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless' LTE network will continue to speed ahead of AT&T when it launches in 14 new cities and expands in four existing markets tomorrow.

Cox dips its toe in IP waters with live streaming to iPad

November 16, 2011 10:01 am | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

In a Cable-Tec Expo that has largely lacked breaking news, Cox provided the two biggest nuggets to date: It’s launching a live streaming service, called Cox TV Connect, during the holiday season, and separately, it has pulled the plug on its wireless phone service.

Gorman named SCTE Member of the Year

November 15, 2011 7:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The SCTE bestowed one of its highest honors – certainly its most secret one – to Charter Communications’ vice president of field operations Tom Gorman, naming him 2011 SCTE Member of the Year.

Arris, Cisco ally on common C-band wavelength plan

November 15, 2011 6:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Arris and Cisco are pursuing a common wavelength management plan in the C-band (1550 nm), hoping that together they can head off potential problems as operators start migrating to multi-wavelength delivery using that band.

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@ Cable-Tec Expo: MSO CTO Panel says new ecosystem on track

November 15, 2011 5:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The MSO CTO Panel gave an overview of where the cable industry is at in terms of battling the competition, serving the customers and building out new networks.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Vendor CTOs see plenty of changes afoot

November 15, 2011 5:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In the past, the biggest pain point for cable was often bandwidth management, or dealing with HDTV or the digital transition. Now? The biggest pain point is competition.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Multi-screen ROI is a promise

November 15, 2011 5:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Multi-screen delivery is about as complicated an endeavor as an operator can get involved in, requiring the involvement of almost every aspect of the business, from network engineering to call centers to the legal department.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Multi-screen viewing is a challenge

November 15, 2011 5:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

There are a lot of operational hurdles to consider when it comes to offering a true multi-screen experience across TVs, tablets and mobile devices, but cable operators can cut through the clutter by following a few key strategies.

SCTE/Rev2 primer helps MSOs improve dispatch efficiency

November 15, 2011 5:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The SCTE has just produced a video in its SCTE Primer Series that explains how cable companies can quickly save time and money in their field service operations.

Tektronix pulls Sentry duty with Cogeco

November 15, 2011 5:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cogeco is using Tektronix's Sentry digital content monitor to help ensure that its video services are delivered with quality.

Bravo joins Antronix as director of sales

November 15, 2011 5:02 pm | by Traci Patterson | News | Comments

Juan Bravo, who has more than 15 years of experience in the broadband industry, has been appointed to national sales director for Antronix.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: IP networks need QoS to combat dropped packets

November 14, 2011 4:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Attendees of the SCTE's first Capacity Management Symposium got an early jump on Cable-Tec Expo, as well as some planning tips for the migration to IP networks.

TWC's LaJoie named new chairman of SCTE board

November 14, 2011 4:18 pm | by Traci Patterson | News | Comments

Mike LaJoie, executive vice president and CTO at Time Warner Cable, will serve as chairman of the board of directors of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers for the 2011-12 term.

SCTE preps guidebook for installers; online course on its way

November 14, 2011 4:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The SCTE is printing a new manual with up-to-the-minute material for engineers looking to gain certification as cable installers and technicians. The Society is also planning an online training program.

SeaChange helps RCN centralize VOD libraries

November 14, 2011 4:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

RCN has deployed SeaChange International's content workflow management software to streamline video-on-demand content and metadata processing operations.

Bright House deploys Arcom's Hunter in Fla.

November 14, 2011 4:06 pm | by Traci Patterson | News | Comments

This follows a 2008 installation of Hunter in the Tampa market of the nation's sixth-largest operator.

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